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FCC Delays Dish LTE Waiver Decision
Will Likely Still Grant Waiver By End of Year
by Karl Bode 08:42AM Monday Mar 05 2012
The FCC stated on Friday they would be delaying their decision to grant Dish a necessary spectrum condition waiver, required for the company's planned LTE network. The FCC didn't cite reasons for the delay, but stated they would likely have a decision on the waiver by the end of the year. Dish Chair Charlie Egen recently stated they had roughly a 80% chance of success in getting the network built, a number they stated would decline if the FCC delayed their decision. The FCC may be waiting for the political fallout from LightSquared to cool down a bit -- and will likely ultimately grant the waiver given that unlike LightSquared, Dish's spectrum selection won't cause problems for GPS. The LTE Advanced equipment for its S-band spectrum Dish plans to use likely won't even be available until 2015 -- meaning the delay won't be fatal.

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MyDogHsFleas
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Do I have this right? Astonishing if I do...

from reading the linked article, the only issue the FCC has with Dish building out a wireless network is that it's purely a terrestrial network and doesn't involve satellites?

So now Dish has to sit on the multi-billion-dollar spectrum they have for no reason other than they don't have the proper license?

For almost a year? This is completely ridiculous.

inteller
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Re: Do I have this right? Astonishing if I do...

they are hoping their buddies at ATT will make a play for Dish so they don't have to mess with this.
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Well...... Who wasn't expecting this??

KrK
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Politics, they need more time to get favors from lobbyists..

... no way we can allow another competitor into the market!